Bankruptcy’s Daughters: The Economics of the New Daughter in Victorian Literature
Abstract: Bankruptcy’s Daughters investigates how the Victorian daughter is appropriated by narratives of bankruptcy and the language of care to reimagine the marketplace as a site of exchanges bound by trust, reciprocity, and moral sentiments. While narratives of the self-made man are often bildungromans that chronicle the passage of a boy into manhood, novels of economic failure present the reversed tale, the one in which the male head-of-household fails to sustain his living—whether due to his own ignorance of financial affairs, his abuse of credit and speculation, or his helplessness amid the systemic failures of the new economy of the nineteenth century. The damaged interiority of these men is often set aside in favor of exploring the impact of bankruptcy on their daughters, who are derailed from their prescribed course of life and presented with new obstacles to overcome. These daughters, like self-made men, are shown to possess “an interiority in excess of the social position” to which their fathers have lowered them. The novels of fathers’ bankruptcies become a vehicle for embarking upon the female bildungsroman, novels of social mobility for self-made women. Continue reading…
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